Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
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Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink


Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia—followed by medication, meditation, and therapy—began.

Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family. Over time, she realized that she wasn’t alone. As she questioned other working moms, she realized that many women were struggling to do it all, crashing, and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result.

Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women’s health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all," failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

Title:Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:392 pages

    Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink Reviews

  • Torybug
    Mar 27, 2014

    After reading Lean In, I kind of wanted to kill myself. Sheryl Sandberg asks over and over again - "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" I'm not afraid - I'm EXHAUSTED. Working 40-50+ hours a wee...

  • Nancy Kho
    Jul 31, 2013

    I received an advance copy of this book and while I was waiting for it, read "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg so I could compare the two. Much as I thought Sandberg made good points, particularly about ge...

  • Ciara
    May 04, 2014

    as a memoir, i really liked this book. it was far more readable & engaging than i had anticipated. honestly, i was kind of expecting another dry sociological examination of how american society does n...

  • Sarah
    Mar 08, 2014

    So here's the thing. I'm a working mom, and I know a lot of other working moms, and while we all share similar complaints and suffer similar stresses involved in working a full-time job while also try...

  • Amy
    Sep 19, 2013

    I liked parts of this book more than others - I enjoyed the small sections between chapters which reviewed research and introduced different policies, workplace culture change ideas, etc. Most of the ...

  • Sheila Trask
    Aug 01, 2013

    Working Moms, You're Not Alone This book is for every mother who ever wondered why she seemed to be in charge of everything, and felt so very, very alone with her responsibilities. Katrina Alcorn is h...

  • Sarah Cooley
    May 25, 2014

    I realize writing this book was therapeutic for the author. But her story is my story and my colleagues' stories. Reading every gory detail of her march towards breakdown was actually very stressful b...

  • Lindsey
    Oct 30, 2013

    Forget “leaning in” – as an average, full –time working middle-class mom in America, every piece of Katrina’s book resonated with me. It is a great blend of her personal story, supplemented/...

  • Carol
    Sep 30, 2013

    I have been struggling for several days with what to review this book and exactly what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. I appreciate the author making a case against America's workaholic cu...

  • Elise
    Oct 12, 2013

    I feel like this should be required companion reading to Sandberg's Lean In. Read Lean In before you have kids. Read Maxed Out when you've had kid(s) and they are 2.5 and you are wondering why, again,...